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Alumni: John Imobersteg

Dec 5, 2022


I started at Cal Poly in Fall 2015 with a major in history. I knew that I had a passion for public service. However, my interests were varied: American history, government, law, and international relations to name a few. I was willing to put in the work to explore these interests.  

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POLS Student Annie Kettmann Has Won Cal Poly’s Change the World Challenge Award

Nov 1, 2022


Annelise Kettmann
She/her/hers
4th year Political Science, Global Studies

Entrepreneurship & Ethics, Public Policy, Science and Technology 

Upon returning from studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain in the fall of 2021, I was eager to jump back into my community and coursework at Cal Poly.

Alumni: Peter Burton

Oct 31, 2022


As a transfer student coming from community college, I didn’t know what to expect when I first arrived on Cal Poly’s campus. I wasn’t even sure if the major I had chosen, political science, was right for me; my academic interests tended to be all over the map, ranging from creative writing to marine biology, and a variety of subjects in between. However, it quickly became clear that I would be free to pursue what interested me most as a political science major.

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Register for New Course: POLS 430- Disability, Identity and Politics

Oct 28, 2022


Disability raises many difficult questions, which this course will try to answer. Who is disabled, and by what? What (if anything) do people with various physical and/or mental differences have in common with each other? How does disability intersect with other kinds of identity? Is disability in some sense political, and if so how and in what ways?

The Washington Center Internship Webinar with Professor Hurt

Oct 13, 2022


Learn How you can Intern in D.C.

Tuesday, October 18th, 11:10am-12pm, Bldg. 22, Rm. 315

Earn 12 credit units in the summer in the nation’s capital interning for some of the most exciting and prestigious, public, non-profit, and private institutions. Housing included. Come and have all your questions answered. Join us physically or virtually for a campus wide event!

Professor Ning Zhang will give a lecture titled “References, Inferences, and Lifeworlds in Cross-Civilizational Communication between China and the U. S.”

Oct 6, 2022


Years ago, when I told my Ph.D. advisor, an internationally renowned American social scientist, that my tooth was aching because I was stressed about finishing up a paper, he responded by emphasizing that he should never be convinced of the causal connection between these two conditions. 

Professor Latner Puts Voting Rights Research into Action

Sep 28, 2022


In 2021, my research team and I published our second book on the redistricting process in the US with Cambridge University Press, Gerrymandering the States: Partisanship, Race, and the Transformation of American Federalism.

Presentation: Disability, Allyship, Identity, and Politics

Sep 21, 2022


Please join us on October 6th from 11AM - 12PM in Bldg. 65, Room 219 for a presentation and discussion about disability allyship and a new course about disability and identity being offered Winter 2023 (POLS 430).

Grad School Info Session with Professors Hurt and Zhang

Sep 21, 2022


Please join us for a Grad School Information Session on October 4th from 11AM - 12PM in Bldg. 38, Room 121. Professors Hurt and Zhang will be leading the event.

Join Us in Welcoming Professor Leanne Giordono, the Newest Addition to our Tenure-Track Faculty

Sep 16, 2022


Dr. Giordono is particularly interested in how communities with disadvantages to inclusion and prosperity (e.g., poverty, disability, education, age, race/ethnicity, etc.) influence and experience public policy decisions.

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